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Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice


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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 65
Cost Per Credit: $1053
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College of Nursing

Program Details

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) specialty prepares nurses to focus on helping patients as young as infants and as old as 21. You will learn to address patient issues and make sure they are reaching their developmental goals. You will also learn to ensure that older patients know about health risks.

The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner's Primary Care (PNP-PC) role is to provide care to children from birth through adulthood with in-depth knowledge and experience in pediatric primary health care, including healthy child care and prevention/management of common pediatric acute illnesses and chronic conditions. PNP-PCs meet the specialized physiologic and psychological needs of children in health maintenance and promotion and assessment and management of disease processes. PNP-PCs work in a variety of pediatric health care settings including, but not limited to, private practice, ambulatory and school-based clinics, the home, and subspecialty clinics.

The DNP program is a hybrid program utilizing a mixture of online didactic coursework, on-campus intensives, and on-ground practicum and clinical placements. It is a practice-focused doctoral program emphasizing innovative, evidence-based professional practice and reflecting the application and implementation of credible research findings. The PNP specialization is intended for registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Master of Science in Nursing.

The College of Nursing offers full-time and part-time options for DNP students. Part-time students must be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester. Part-time study is only available during the pre-clinical portion of the program and adds a year to the degree completion timeline.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.



Earning your Doctor of Nursing Practice in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner will build core skills, including:

  • Pediatrics
  • Patient safety
  • Quality improvement
  • Hospital work experience
  • Ability to prescribe medications
  • Medical record management
  • Telehealth
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing process
  • Nursing practices
  • Trauma care
  • Critical care
  • Acute care
  • Case management
  • Clinical experience
  • Operating room experience
  • Measuring vital signs
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Discharge planning
  • Treatment planning
  • Performance improvement
  • Rehabilitation

Graduates of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner DNP program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Patient Care Coordinator
    • Nursing Supervisor
    • Nurse Practitioner